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Sensational Iceland - Waterfalls, Glacier Hike & Auroras

South Coast of Iceland

Being up on a glacier is probably one of the best ways to explore Iceland. On this tour along the south coast we will go glacier hiking, see volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches and many more wonders of nature. You will walk on a glacier, smell the sulfur, get sprayed by the waterfalls, hear the roar of the ocean, and much more!   

Tour Highlights

The journey will take us through farmlands of south Iceland, black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers. The focal points of the day are the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a glacier hike over Solheimajokull, a walk on Reynisfjara black sand beach and a visit to Skogafoss waterfall.

Transport: This tour is operated in a minibus, small groups for a better experience.

Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided glacier hike for 1 hour, glacier gear such as crampons, ice axes and hard hats.

Not included: Lunch (We stop at a local restaurant/diner)

Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes (a raincoat could be handy if you want to walk behind the waterfall).  You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.

For further information:
info@madebyiceland.com

 

Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. The guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.



Tour Description

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

As we leave Reykjavik we will head towards the Solheimajokull glacier which is a spectacular ice strip that comes down from Myrdalsjokull , the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. The first stop on this tour is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where it’s possible to walk behind this magnificent curtain of water.  

Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull

After the exciting stop at Seljalandsfoss next up is the glacier hike. We will provide all the equipment for you such as crampons and ice axes and go over safety information before we set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is part of a bigger one - Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier covering the infamous Katla volcano. We will hike there for about an hour. The glacier hike is not such a hard challenge if you are relatively fit, but depending on conditions we might need to walk for another 30 minutes before reaching the glacier itself. The hike is suitable for anyone above the age of 10 who is confident about walking on uneven surfaces.   

The Black-Sand Beach and Skogafoss

After hiking on the glacier we drive to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara for a leisurely walk. This beach is famous for the stacks of basalt columns that circle the surrounding cliffs where you can also find many caves. Close to the shore you can also admire the  Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks rising directly from the ocean. According to legends these pillars were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun, after coming home late one morning from a fishing trip.

The final stop of this awesome sightseeing tour will be at the Skógafoss waterfall. If we are lucky and there’s a clear day you may be able to see the famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. As we drive at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull you can get a sighting of the Westman Islands, rising sharply from the ocean just a couple of miles off the coast.

This is a great value tour, suitable for most people but still with a fair dose of adventure. The sights you’ll see are stunning and there’s probably nowhere else in the world where you stand on glacier, walk behind a waterfall and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach  all in one day.

Disclaimer

All glacial trips that are undertaken are the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.

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